Baritone Raoul Steffani is praised by Opernwelt as singing “fresh and lyrically clear, with a sensitive interpretation, from an intelligent theatrical distance.” He is a recipient of the Elisabeth Evertsprijs 2016, the Dutch Classical Talent Audience Award 2018 and the Grachtenfestival Prize 2018.
Raoul studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Tilburg, from which he graduated
summa cum laude. Since 2021, Raoul has been a member of Equilibrium, Barbara Hannigan’s Young Artist Programme.
As a soloist he has worked with conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Vladimir Jurowsky, David Zinman, Sigiswald Kuijken, Ed Spanjaard, Jos van Veldhoven and Anthony Hermus. Orchestras with whom he has worked include the Concertgebouw Kamerorkest, Camerata RCO, Camerata Salzburg, Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, philharmonie zuidnederland, Orkest van het Oosten and PHION.
Raoul was a member of the Studio de L’Opéra National de Lyon, where he made his international opera debut as Ramiro in L’heure espagnole, a role he later performed for Opéra de Toulon. Other performed roles include Eisenstein as well as Falke (Die Fledermaus), Papageno (Die Zauberföte), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) and Ned Keene (Peter Grimes).
His first song album Deep in a dream with Gerold Huber was released by Challenge Records in 2018 and received much critical acclaim: “This is an exceptionally fine debut recording for an already well-developed singer.” (American Record Guide) As a recitalist, Raoul regularly works with pianist Gerold Huber and has made his recital debut at major concert halls such as the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Megaron Concert Hall Athens and in various series in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Paris, Munich, Vienna and Spain. He is a returning guest and ambassador of the International Lied Festival Zeist and he often appears on Dutch national radio and television.